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SORTING OUT LUKE 17

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. —  September 12, 2014 — 1 Comment

Most scholars agree that Matthew 24 is answering two questions posed by the disciples when Jesus departs the temple for the last time (Matt 24:1). He declares that the temple is doomed and will be dismantled stone-by-stone (Matt 24:2). They assume the destruction of the temple means the destruction of the world (Matt 24:3). But Jesus […]

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Revelation is a book as fascinating as it is difficult. Unfortunately, it is made more difficult by approaching it in the wrong way and viewing it through out-of-focus lenses. In our day the naive dispensational view is the dominant evangelical approach to eschatology — despite its many and continuing failed predictions of the date of […]

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The New Testament is one embarrassing book. How can anyone believe it? Not only is preterism anti-Semitic, but so is the New Testament. Christianity needs just to fold up, pack it away, and leave the world alone. This New Testamen= anti-Semitism charge is according to secularists and liberal “theologians,” that is. But ironically, those evangelicals […]

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Preterists believe that Jesus called down judgment upon Israel, and that this judgment was deserved by the people of Israel. Because of our modern historical situation — post-Holocaust — this view is deemed by some to be an immoral position because of its latent anti-Semitism. But is the charge legitimately brought against the preterist? This […]

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Paul’s prophecy regarding the “Man of Lawlessness” in 2 Thessalonians 2 is often used by non-postmillennial eschatological systems as a rebuttal to any optimistic outlook on the flow of history. If this man arises and dominates the world, and will not be overthrown until Christ returns, then the postmillennial hope cannot be valid. But does […]

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Oftentimes critics of postmillennialism will go to NT passages such as Matt 10:22 to discredit postmillennialism’s long-term optimism. That passage reads:  You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.” Since postmillennialism expects a future in which Christianity reigns […]

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As an important feature of biblical eschatology, the new creation concept is most powerfully presented in Isaiah’s prophecy of the new Jerusalem. In this prophecy we find both a re-created “Jerusalem” and “people” (Isa 65:17–19). For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come […]

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